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I smell gas when using a burner on the stove. What could be causing that?

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Is there a delay when lighting the burner? That would give you a smell. Or does it light quickly? Are all the holes in the burner lit? Is it a nice, even blue flame all around? Have you spilled food on the burner? Is it only the one burner that gives off the smell? You may need to clean it.

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Call out someone who is more competent (Shouldn't be difficult, a trained chimp would probably out perform this guy!)

You can test the new guy's work the same way before he leaves too!

There is NO WAY that a leak like this should force you into a replacement stove unless someone can demonstrate what the failing component is and that costs more to replace than a new stove.

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